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I replaced all four tie rod ends and took around the block last night and no noise so far. The one on the pitman arm was very worn and "notchy" so it may very well have been the source as all other bushings appear full and not reamed or cracked. Now, even though I very, very carefully counted all turns removing installing the tie rod ends, the steering wheel is just a tick left of center now when driving straight. To drive straight now what was once 12 o'clock is now about 11:58. So, since both bars also measured correct before being re-installed do you have any suggestion as to which I could adjust to center things up? I imagine just a turn or so will correct and hate to go to an alignment shop for that.


You should set the toe on an alignment machine because 1/4 inch of error there will eat the front tires pretty fast.  The rear tie rod sets the toe; the front one sets the steering wheel center position.  Changing one will change the other and the toe gets set first

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